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Port of Tacoma projects container volume boost from new ocean carrier service


Container volumes at the Port of Tacoma, Wash., are projected to increase later this year because of a new Oceania Service to be launched by several ocean carriers this summer.

On Aug. 10, Hamburg Sud and Hapag-Lloyd, in partnership with US Lines, plan to begin the service at the port’s Washington United Terminals (WUT). To be jointly operated by the ocean carriers, the Oceania Service will connect the port’s container services with Australia and New Zealand. The service will generate about 30,000 additional 20-foot equivalent units annually, port officials said in a prepared statement.
In addition, the ocean carriers’ Mediterranean Pacific Service will begin calling on the WUT in early August. Cargo from Australia and New Zealand will include meat, wine, beer, medical instruments, agricultural products, stone and metals, port officials said. Exports will include forest and agricultural products, meat, wine and machinery.

WUT is a 105-acre container terminal that features on-dock rail facilities and a newly extended berth measuring 2,600 feet.

Tacoma Rail provides switching and terminal rail services at the port, while four on- and near-dock intermodal yards in Tacoma are served by BNSF Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad.

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